Rochester Historical Society Turns 50

            In 1969 when the Rochester Historical Society was born, the town’s population was 1,965. Gas was 35 cents a gallon around here, and the value of the average house in town was $28,000. As of 2018, the population is 5,698. Gas is about $2.75 a gallon, and the average Rochester home is valued at $375,000. […] Read more »

All Hands & Hearts Around the World

            There are many hands and hearts in the little town of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Hands that wave with a friendly ‘hello’ and thousands of hearts inside these 18 square miles that beat with a love for this town and are full with compassion during times of struggle.             We all watched earlier this month as Hurricane Dorian […] Read more »

The Vocal Whip-Poor-Will

Most avid birdwatchers will always remember hearing the mysterious chant of the whip-poor-will’s summer evening song. It may seem to go on forever, as long as several hundred times, making it very easy to imitate the exact verbal sequence of sound. The intent is unusually vociferous because the repetitious message is first driven by seeking […] Read more »

Marion Celebrates Bird Island Bicentennial in Grand Fashion

            Long before the Cape Cod Canal connected Buzzards Bay to Cape Cod Bay, and long before the villages of Marion and Mattapoisett separated from Rochester, the U.S. Congress authorized the construction of a lighthouse on Bird Island. It would be the first lighted navigational aid along the southerly coast. Built in 1819, the light would […] Read more »

Local Artists Exhibit Watercolor Paintings

            Painting with watercolor is one of the more difficult mediums for an artist. The thin fluid consistency of the paint makes it a challenge to direct. Watercolor, much like water, simply wants to flow. But watercolor can also be vivid, precise, sensual, bold, or delicate. There is one thing that is absolutely essential when working […] Read more »

Marion Art Center Gaining Ground, Literally

            On September 7, as angry overcast skies threatened the late summer celebrations planned for the weekend, the Marion Art Center was in full celebratory mode inside and out.             Through the fundraising efforts of the board of directors and a willingness of a neighbor to negotiate a fair purchase price, the MAC purchased a small parcel […] Read more »

Author Muses on the Joys of the Writing Process

            Jack Matthews is easy to listen to; he likes what he is currently talking about – the publication of his first novel Arte Perdida, which translates to “Lost Art”. It has been, for Matthews, an eight-year labor of love. Now that the book has been published, he is on the road sharing his joy of research […] Read more »

Beer & Oysters a Great Combo for SLT Fundraiser

            The weather gods were on the side of the Sippican Lands Trust on Saturday, September 7, as blue skies prevailed just in time for the start of their Beer and Oyster Fest fundraiser at Silvershell Beach in Marion. There was significant weather monitoring the week leading up to the event as Hurricane Dorian made its […] Read more »

Abigail Field Brings Early 1900’s Female Fashion to Life

            On September 8, as part of the Mattapoisett Museum’s Annual Meeting, Abigail Field gave a presentation on the ever-changing world of female fashion with a focus on the decade between 1910 and 1920. Field, dressed in vintage clothing, including a corset she confessed to wearing, was an authentic representation of that classic image of womanhood […] Read more »

And the Winners of the 5th Annual Chowder Competition Are…

            The day could not have been more picture-perfect as the aroma of chowder – commonly referred to as “chowdah” around these parts – wafted across the fields outside the Knights of Columbus hall in Mattapoisett on September 8. By 1:00 pm, the parking lot was nearly filled to capacity as families and supporters came in […] Read more »